Hibiscus Gose
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #304
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,847
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
765
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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Spring
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

POured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pink pour with thick foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Tart and fruity with some hibiscus and funk mixed in.

T.F: Tart and grainy to start. Lemon citrus and hibiscus. Unripened fruit. No real pucker... a bit of salt at the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied.

O: An easy drinking Gose with some hibiscus and fruit. Great lawnmower beer.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Dec 19, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Lazy Dog in Las Vegas, NV.

Hibiscus was not detectable to me, but it had nice tartness and a refreshing character. Saltiness was not noticeable either. Maybe not a classic gose, but a good beer.

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Radome from Florida, Sep 18, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper with just a hint of fog. Head foams up to two fingers in height, but does not retain long. Aroma is sharp and staccato, hitting with notes of coriander, hibiscus, and toasty, wafery, grainy malts. The sharpness foreshadows the lactic bite that is never produced. Flavor profile is smooth hibiscus up front, flowering and budding on the tongue over a bed of wafery, nutty, bready malts. Coriander cuts in about halfway and stays the course the remainder of the flavor profile. Sourness is light and tight, just enough to lightly clinch the jaw before fading away. Mouth feel is thin with a near still texture. Overall, big hibiscus and notable coriander drive the bus on this slightly sour gose.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jul 03, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Best by 1/9/16"; drank 7/23/15 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy grapefruit appearance.

Small bright white head; almost no lace.

Faintly tart strawberry & honeyed grain notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Faintly tart strawberry soda flavor up front; rich honeyed grain notes on the finish.

Simple but effective; a nice summer season beer.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 04, 2019
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3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy color, exceptionally pink for a beer. Very thick head that quickly reduces to light to moderate rim at first that was completely gone by the time the beer was half empty. Smells like a gose: tart, salty. Only slightly sweet. It’s pretty tangy with not much flavor. I suppose I detect just a hint of coriander and hibiscus, which is good for someone who’s not particularly fond of the latter. Really a pretty basic gose.

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3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am on another Coup de Boule adventure with this as my seCANd beer and my only entry for The CANQuest (tm) during this go-'round.

From the CAN: "Tart*Tangy*Pink!"; 'Sour Ale brewed with Sea Salt, Coriander and Hibiscus Flowers".

I began by gently agitating the beer while still in the CAN since it was a Wheat beer at its base & therefore some haze would be allowable. Once the vent was Crack!ed open, an inverted Glug was the next step, raising just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, pinkish-white head with modest retention, quickly becoming wisps. Color was a pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced salty tartness, very evocative of my time as a sailor. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly far removed, either. The labeling of the CAN was somewhat CANtridictory - was it "tart" or was it "sour"? The former causes one's lips to purse while the latter settles in the hinges of one's jaw & sends a tingle up & under the ears. The beer was not assertive in either direction, only lightly puckering & not really all that sour, either. The taste was definitely salty and the hibiscus gave it a light, flowery, perfuminess, but I was not really getting much from the coriander. Finish was light, dry & refreshing, but it just seemed to lack the qualities that would make a well-made beer in this style memorable.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jun 14, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very pretty pinkish orange With a modest head. Not very sour or sweet, but lots of interesting flavors. Flower & grain flavor with a cracker finish. Moderate carbonation.

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Viaduck from California, Aug 22, 2017
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3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: tropical fruit, hibiscus floral notes, coriander, semi sweet/sour, and may have a bit salt in finish.
Nose is floral and mellow. Amber/Peach hue, mostly clear, tall head with nice tight bubbles in the foam. Medium/lite body.
11 IBUs

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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Boulevard's Hibiscus Gose for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something sour today and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a pink orange color which took on more of an orange color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thing ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I would have thought the hibiscus would impart a little more color.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a sour fruit aroma being the first to show up and it has some lemon aromas sticking out the most along with a slightly higher amount of medium sourness that goes right into a light hibiscus aroma that's followed by the malts which impart a wheat, bready, grainy and light sweet malt like aromas with a slight funky aroma right at the end with a little of coriander. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I wish the hibiscus showed up a little more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the sour lemon flavors being the first to show up and they impar the same aspects that they did in the aroma and that goes into the malts which also impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's a little more bready and grainy than wheaty. Up next comes the coriander with a light bit of hibiscus which is barely noticeable. On the finish there's a slight saltiness with a lighter amount of medium sourness that lingers just a little and it has a lemon and malty sour aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer that's solid for a gose, but the hibiscus is barely noticeable.

M- Fairly smooth, a little refreshing, not too mouth puckering, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it's pretty close to being an average example of the style, it's solid gose, but the hibiscus aspects don't really make it live up to it's name. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, it would start to lose my attention after that. What I like the most about this beer is the gose base, it's solid and it's what I would expect from the style. What i like the least about this beer is the hibiscus aspect, it needs to be stronger. I don't think I would buy this beer and I can't say I would recommend it as hibiscus gose. All in all I was hoping this one would be a little better and it was for sure a little rough around the edges when it came to the taste and drinkability. It's one of m least favorite beers from this brewery and it's a pretty close to being average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little more work.

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StoutHunter from Michigan, Aug 03, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with a "best by" date printed on it. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, clear rose gold color. It develops a thin half finger head that goes away quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: A floral scent mainly, thanks to the hibiscus with some notes of grain and yeast in the background. There's a touch of coriander in there as well.

Taste: What a roller coaster! It starts off light, sweet and floral then rolls into the sour with a hint of salt at the end that's reminiscent of some sour Skittles.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Starts thin, clean and crisp which is the perfect recipe for a summer beer you can pound one after the other but then that cloying feeling sets it and gets worse the more you drink it. Something that's not out of the ordinary for the style but doesn't work if you're at the beach, camping or just looking for refreshment on a hot summer day.

Overall: It looks, smells and tastes great but because it feels like you're drinking candy, the most you can expect to have comfortably in one sitting is in fact, just one.

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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico, Jul 29, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours mostly clear pinkish light amber. Sugar white head retains as a lacing.

Smells of honey, lemon citrus, and cracker malt.

Flavor is tart and fruity, lemon citrus mixed with strawberry, floral nectar, and a light sweet cracker malt.

Light to medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice light flavorful ale. Good tart and sweet mix. Goes down very easy. Stands out from other goses enough to be memorable. Worth trying.

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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania, Jun 30, 2017
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2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

My ratings are actually high for this kind of beer. I was able to finish the 12 ounces without wanting to puke.

It's not the brewer's fault, I'm sure. It's just that I haven't found a sour beer that I like, but unfortunately have found a couple that tasted like sweat. This one does NOT taste like sweat, so it has that going for it. I was also able to finish it, which is more than I can say for a couple others in the style.

Maybe it's an acquired taste, one which I have not been able to acquire. I just don't know if it's worth it for me to work at acquiring it, when there are so many other beers that appeal to me.

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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania, Jun 21, 2017
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is a bit too thin though this is refreshing enough and scores for originality - it could benefit from more body even from a touch more carb. Light taste of hibiscus followed by acidity and salt finish - it's interesting, worth trying, but making me crave other summer brews that have a bit more body and mouthfeel and linger on the palate.

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JayDubTrub from California, Jun 17, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish rosé in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving only a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of hibiscus flowers are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the hibiscus flavors are a little stronger and there are also notes of sea salt and hints of coriander.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Jun 03, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Built for beating the summer heat, the Boulevard brewers lay at our lips an effortless, easy and simple ale with all the hallmark flavors of the season- sweet, sour, floral, fruity and salty.

Hibiscus Gose comes with a light rose color and surprisingly bright clarity. Its light a wisping froth is short while its racy scent decorates the nose with cider, wine, citrus and a flowery must. Its taste is lightly candied with pilsner and wheat allowing a bready taste of sourdough to persist.

With the sweetness and grain character in full retreat, the moderate sourness of the beer is chased by tart green apple, rose wine acidity, lime and lemon, and a flower friendly taste of cranberry, honeysuckle and red currant. Light on bitterness, the beer's herbal and faint funk balances the sourness with hints of burlap and hay.

Medium bodied for a gose, the beer's late taste falls to the thin and watery side while its sourness is reasonably mild. Lacking in the complexity department, the ale does trail with a rounded salinity that gives the brief aftertaste a whimsical memory of sea breezes and margaritas.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, May 23, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

from a fresh 12 oz bottle:
smell - floral hibiscus up front and center, hay and light bready malts, salt with hint of coriander.
look - deep gold/pale amber with a reddish tint, a 1/2" white head with low retention. perfectly clear.
taste - just a bit tart not quite sour. the flowery hibiscus flavor combines well with the mild bitterness, which stays at the palate, the saltiness and the spices.
feel - medium light body, but with a substantial, almost rich texture. lively carbonation and slight astringency. finishes long, tangy and smooth with persistent saltiness.
overall - refreshing and light as a good gose should be. the hibiscus gives it its own identity and makes it more interesting that a straight gose.

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descobar from Florida, May 22, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a darker copper body, orange hue, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. Smell is sulphuric, astringent lemon, floral, grainy wheat, spice. Flavour is fairly wheat-forward and grainy, kind of astringent and sulphuric, heavy on the mineral, grainy, slight salt and a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, good carbonation, with a slightly sulphuric finish that just bothers me a bit more than I'd like.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, May 19, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear pink with a fluffy off white head that surprisingly has some actual retention and lacing.

S: Immediately salty with a snappy lacto tartness, coming across like a salty ocean spray. Complimenting it is subtle hibiscus sweetness, leaning toward a blush wine; and also raspberry soda, faint cracker malt, and a touch of red apple and passion fruit.

T: Big hibiscus upfront, leaning a bit toward canned plums in syrup like I usually get from hibiscus, but mostly leaning towards blush wine and raspberry soda. Flies away quickly with a very light lacto tartness and a touch of salinity, upon a very light backbone of thin cracker malt. Finishes lightly dry with a hint of red apple skin.

F: Very light, fairly watery, but with a good amount of carbonation. Very thirst-quenching.

O: A very nice, refreshing gose. Great for warm weather.

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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not typically a fan of sour beers. This one was great for me as I was looking for something similar to a shandy for a hot summer night

Look: fairly clear with a slight reddish tint.
Smell: slightly sweet but not a strong scent
Taste: obviously sour after all it is a sour beer, however it is well balanced with sweetness and a slight sea salt taste(but not salty?) Not bitter IBU is 11.
Feel: smooth, perfect level of carbonation for this beer type
Overall: I was very happy with this purchase, bought a six pack for a hot summer night it was exactly what I was hoping for.

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Theisen5 from Illinois, May 16, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden apricot in color. Looks a bit like a light wine. thin head, a bit of lacing. head recedes to the edge of the glass and then remains. grapefruit, citrus in general, funky odor, a little hibiscus perhaps. the smell is unique and very pleasant. the smell has a refreshing quality. 60% sour, 40% sweet. VERY REFRESHING. very muted flavor. just when it starts to head in one direction, it changes direction and goes a different route. very nice. quick finish, extremely easy to drink. light bodied, good carbonation, quick finish with a dry aftertaste. very enjoyable and different. a very solid beer that is ideal for drinking outdoors on a hot humid summer night. extremely refreshing and easy to drink. Also, a session beer, so buy a bunch. Boulevard strikes again.

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Baumer from Iowa, May 09, 2017
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/13/2017. Pours slightly hazy pinkish golden/orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, cherry, strawberry, pear, green apple, white grape, coriander, sea salt, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, hibiscus, spices, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, cherry, strawberry, pear, green apple, white grape, coriander, sea salt, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate hibiscus/lactic tartness and light coriander spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, cherry, strawberry, pear. green apple, white grape, coriander, sea salt, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, hibiscus, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance; and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and fairly saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a great gose! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, hibiscus, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellow tartness/acidity. A very classic tasting take on the style; outstanding balance between all flavors. A really delicious offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Apr 29, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 ounce bottle purchased from Boulevard and brought home. On to the beer:

Mixing orange with pink yields the beer's color, while above is a mindless half-inch of fuzzy and fizzy head. The smell of a pinch of salt, along with hibiscus and fruit punch, sets the table for pleasurably tart and fruity gose. The tartness is dry, with a wee note of hibiscus. Something fruity is taste, for the better, and a kiss of dough and caramel lets this gose off in a sweeter, less tart direction. The bubbly carbonation is welcome, and so is the light body, highlighting this honorable gose.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Oct 14, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is pink, just like a blush wine. For obvious reasons, it has a floral scent that is quite pleasant and rather light. The floral notes in the scent recede into the background in the flavour, playing behind a sour, citrussy taste. Oddly, it leaves almost no noticeable aftertaste.

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3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale pink-orange body, mildly hazy, fine streams of bubbles rise, fizzy pale pink head disappears entirely. Nose is mild, a bit flowery, some apricot and peach, a bit of vanilla? Flavor is somewhat mild but also has hibiscus, plenty of tartness, and a great crisp finish. Even for a delicate beer, I would like a bit more flavor. Light body, good zing of prickly carbonation, and highly refreshing.
I coulda used more flavor of some kind, but at least there wasn't anything artificial about it- good tradeoff. Love the tartness, this was a very good quencher beer.

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Upland Brewing pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold, with a one-finger white head that fades very quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation. Some chunks of sediment settle slowly to the bottom of the glass.

S: Citric acid and lactic tartness. Cracker malts with a mild husky character, and a touch of perfumey flowers. I'm not always a fan of floral ingredients in my beer, but this isn't off-putting at all.

T: Follows the nose - the tartness, lactic acid, and the lemony citric bite. Very light cracker malt in the middle with essentially no husk flavor pulling through. Just a hint of flowery sweetness, plus some orange citrus shows up to sweeten the tartness. At the swallow there's a bit of savory salinity to suggest a gose as the style, but there isn't much salt here to my palate. The lactic dryness lingers for a bit after the swallow as well.

M: Light-bodied with good carbonation sensation. Minimal if any alcohol presence.

O: It's not bad. Certainly comes up short of my favorite American goses (Westbrook, Rapp, etc.). But for a widely distributed 12 oz. bottled offering in a six-pack, it's quite tasty and easy to drink. I don't get much wheat flavor in the malt bill…not sure if I'm missing it or what. But, an easy drinking tart beer being distributed in quantity...these are exciting times we live in!

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Hibiscus Gose from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 765 ratings